Year 6 Transition

Year 6/7 Transition at King Henry School

June 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,
I wanted to get in touch to warmly welcome you and your son/daughter to King Henry School. I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as the new Headteacher at KHS and look forward to championing and celebrating all of our students throughout their journey with us.

I believe passionately in providing our KHS students with an extraordinary education, one that unlocks curiosity, ignites ambition and forges a social conscience, enabling our students to have an impact on the world around them. With a new senior team in place, and an array of exceptional staff throughout the school, we look forward to welcoming your son/daughter at a truly exciting stage in King Henry’s story.


As a Dad to three young children myself, I know that the past few months will have been truly worrying for you, in the context of COVID-19. As with all young people across the country, your son/daughter will have experienced a challenging few months, losing some of their daily routines and structures and coping with uncertainty and fear. For Year 6 students preparing for their transition to secondary school, this anxiety will have been even greater. Unfortunately, in light of the current guidance regarding social distancing, it will not be possible to host a typical induction day ahead of the Summer. 

However, the school is now preparing pro-actively for an extended induction at the start of the autumn term. Of course, all of our plans for further school re-opening will be subject to the latest government advice and guidance, all of which could change over the coming weeks and months. Nevertheless, we will continue to be in touch with our new families throughout the next few weeks, providing as much clarity as possible.

Whilst we will not be able to welcome all Year 6 students into the school site for a full induction day, I am keen to offer our new parents/carers with the opportunity to attend a socially-distanced forum to meet with me to discuss our transition plans and key school priorities for 2020/21 (for social distancing requirements, it will not be possible for your son/daughter to join you at these evenings).

As such we have four sessions where parents/carers can book places to meet with me:

No students and only one adult!

  • Tuesday 7th July 4.00pm – 5.30pm
  • Wednesday 8th July 2.00pm-3.30pm
  • Wednesday 8th July 5.00pm – 6.30pm
  • Thursday 9th July 5.30pm – 7.00pm

In order to set up our hall in a socially distanced manner, spaces will be capped to one adult per family. Spaces will also be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. The booking system will go live on Thursday 25th June at 9.00am and can be accessed here. If you do not have an internet connection, please contact our main office on 01322 348231 from this date to book a space.

For students, we will be creating a video tour of the school and I will be in touch to launch this with them before the end of this academic year. In addition, we are now creating new KHS email addresses for our soon-to-be Year 7 students. This will enable us to send induction resources and a Summer project to all of our new students before the end of July. This project will be focused on character education – a key theme of our KHS curriculum.

Finally, from September, we will be launching a new House system within the school. This will mean that every student is assigned to one of our five new Houses (Windsor, York, Lancaster, Hanover and Stuart). During their time with us, the Houses will be akin to students’ families within the KHS community. In their respective Houses, our students will grow, develop, compete and collaborate. Each House has a Head of House and these key members of staff will also be in touch with your son/daughter shortly.

If you have any questions or concerns about the transition process, please do email us at a member of our dedicated team will contact you.

In the meantime, I look forward to meeting with you when possible and working with you and your son/daughter as we make King Henry School a truly extraordinary school.

Yours faithfully,

Mr R Leitch
King Henry School

Pdf of above letter home

Introduction/Welcome message from Mrs Bryce Head of King Henry school Key Stage 3.